Rocket Software Enhances Job Control Management Solution to Drive Efficiency in Mainframe Data Centers

14 June 2022
Updated PRO/JCL will increase throughput, reduce costs, and ensure the next generation of mainframe professionals can easily manage job control language
Press Release

WALTHAM, Mass. – June 6, 2022 –  Rocket Software, a global technology leader that develops enterprise software for some of the world’s largest companies, today introduced the next version of its PRO/JCL, a job control language (JCL) management solution that includes a new interface through VS Code®1 extension, Enhanced Directed Execution to include options for sending PROCs and PARMLIBs to remote LPARS, and improved visibility for NODE and LPAR in the primary panel. These updates help mainframe data centers achieve and operate a JCL environment that is error-free, standardized, and optimized.

Enterprises with mainframes typically have a higher number of experienced developers retiring, and an influx of new professionals joining the workforce. A recent survey from Rocket Software found that companies continue to face skills gaps in their talent pool, and modernizing systems is the most popular way respondents are working to maintain talent pipelines with 45% of IT professionals citing it as the top method.

This version of PRO/JCL provides customers with new interface options that are appealing to today’s mainframe professionals and the organizations hiring them. A new interface through a VS Code® extension adds to Rocket Software’s list of current interfaces, including through ISPF, Eclipse®, IBM® Developer for z/OS® (IDz), BMC® Compuware® Topaz® Workbench, and a RESTful API.

Nearly all growing organizations are modernizing, making PRO/JCL and its many interfaces the strongest choice for any mainframe ecosystem. Benefits of PRO/JCL include:

  • Simplified JCL management: Reduce the complexity of JCL management through DevOps capabilities, more integrations, and increased automation.
  • Increased developer productivity: Reduce elapsed time of the JCL management cycle by including tools within users’ favorite IDE for a seamless DevOps integration, enabling developers to increase business value.
  • Improved production quality: Detect JCL inconsistencies before execution and easily make changes to production environments to help ensure error-free production runs, reducing backlog and production turnover while increasing throughput and value delivered by the system. 
  • Improved responsiveness to change: Reduce mainframe bottlenecks to meet service level agreements more reliably.
  • Reduced costs: Eliminate costly re-running of production jobs.

“Existing DevOps initiatives often omit JCL management from the DevOps toolchain, causing critical interruptions to business value streams, resulting in slower processes and potential revenue losses,” said Phil Buckellew, president of Infrastructure Modernization, Rocket Software. “Our customers often operate several mainframe solutions and require a JCL management solution that can integrate with all of their critical mainframe software. The newly released PRO/JCL will do just that.”

For more information on Rocket® mainframe capabilities, visit here.

About Rocket Software

Rocket Software partners with the largest Fortune 1000 organizations to solve their most complex IT challenges across Applications, Data, and Infrastructure. Rocket Software brings customers from where they are in their modernization journey to where they want to be by architecting innovative solutions that deliver next-generation experiences. Over 10 million global IT and business professionals trust Rocket Software to deliver solutions that improve responsiveness to change and optimize workloads. Rocket Software enables organizations to modernize in place with a hybrid cloud strategy to protect investment, decrease risk and reduce time to value. Rocket Software is a privately held U.S. corporation headquartered in the Boston area with centers of excellence strategically located throughout North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia. Rocket Software is a portfolio company of Bain Capital Private Equity. Follow Rocket Software on LinkedIn and Twitter.

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